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Poster: light into ashes Date: Nov 8, 2009 12:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Caution

Well....it wasn't that rare a tune before Pigpen left.

They played it pretty frequently up through 1970 (unfortunately some Cautions from that year are gone) - it wasn't an every-night thing like Lovelight, more a special treat like Alligator when they were in the mood. Not every night is like 2/14/70, 9/20/70, or 11/6/70!

1971 is when it vanishes for a while, and I think Cliff is pretty accurate in his assessment. They also dropped Easy Wind around the same time, and focused on Good Lovin' as the big Pigpen song.
So it's kind of a surprise that they'd bring it back a few times in Europe '72. It's sort of a young-man's testosterone-type song, so it's no wonder it would fade out in the Donna years. And even if they did it without Pigpen, their jamming was also becoming less "raw" after Keith joined, steadily more jazzy, so the Caution-type jam (like Viola Lee or New Potato) is just one of the things that fell by the wayside as they progressed - though it did pop up a couple times in '74.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Nov 8, 2009 5:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Caution

Whenever I hear Phil's bass runs in Caution, it sounds a lot like the rhythm of Raymond Scott's 'Powerhouse' as played in Warner Bros. cartoons.

This post was modified by DeadRed1971 on 2009-11-09 01:50:37